University Hospital LimerickIn anticipation of the proposed strike action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), UL Hospitals Group confirms there will be significant disruption and cancellation of routine services across all of its hospitals on Wednesday, January 30.UL Hospitals continues to work with the INMO to secure the safest possible level of nursing and midwifery cover in our hospitals during the period of the strike and contingency arrangements are being finalised.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up All outpatient clinics have been cancelled. The vast majority of elective procedures have been cancelled. However, a small number of elective surgeries will take place at UHL. These are complex cases where surgery is time-critical and these patients are being contacted directly by the hospital.Where cancellations are taking place, the relevant hospitals are making every effort to contact those patients affected.Updates will be provided through local and social media.Services not available at UL Hospitals Group on the day of the strike (Wednesday, 30th January):· Injury units will not operate· Planned inpatient surgery is cancelled. Inpatient is when you need to stay in hospital for one night or more.· Planned day case procedures are cancelled. Day case is when you are given a hospital bed or a trolley but will not stay overnight.· All outpatient appointments are cancelled. This includes adult, maternity and paediatric appointments. Outpatient is when you go to hospital for an appointment but don’t stay overnight.· If a pregnant woman needs urgent assessment due to the cancellation of an appointment, she should go to the emergency admission room at University Maternity Hospital LimerickServices that are operating UL Hospitals Group on the day of the strike:· Emergency Department at UHL (adult and children). Please only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential· Maternity services (Delivery suites, home births, special care baby units, neonatal)· Colposcopy services· Oncology services (chemotherapy and radiotherapy)· Dialysis· Planned obstetric procedures (based on clinical need)· Palliative careUL Hospitals Group expects that the ED will be busy and is reminding members of the public to consider all their care options before presenting to the Emergency Department at UHL. Members of the public with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit if required.However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.UL Hospitals Group sites include: University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital Updated Statement UL Hospitals Group Cyber Attack and Cancellations Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print WhatsApp Previous articleCiara will not contest local electionsNext articleCompetition: Bubbles & Barks Valentine’s Pamper Package at Petmania Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNewsUL Hospitals Group NewsHealthUL Hospitals Group react to INMO strike actionBy Staff Reporter – January 29, 2019 921 Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter UL Hospitals Group & Public Health Mid-West: COVID-19 Precautions ‘Imperative’ As Hospital Services Prioritised for the Most Unwell Patients in Wake of Cyber Attack Advertisement UL Hospitals Group announces gradual relaxation of access restrictions at maternity hospital Facebook Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Linkedin
by Joe GuzzardiIn 2014, more than two years before he became Secretary of Defense, United States Marine Corps General James Mattis addressed an audience of war veterans for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Mattis told the all-volunteer group, “You signed blank checks payable with your lives to the American people,” a reference to the day corps members signed their contracts obligating them to serve.General Mattis praised the soldiers’ personal commitment, their determination to bring home their fellow soldiers, their value and ferocity, and their families’ sacrifices. During his speech, General Mattis referenced the “political rhetoric swirling around these little understood wars… .”Debate about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has subsided. But, since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Capitol Hill immigration furor has ratcheted up to ten times the level of the wars’ din. The question put before likely mid-term election voters on Memorial Day 2018 is whether the more than 1.1 million U.S. military who have died protecting America and her citizens in the last 250 years would be on board with the Republican-controlled Congress’ amnesty obsession.The best way to describe the congressional pro-amnesty factions, GOP and Democrats alike, is that they’re frantically committed to force an amnesty upon a majority immigration-skeptical American public. With amnesty would come lifetime work authorization privileges and the resultant chain migration that will eventually add millions more residents to an already overcrowded America. Immigration and chain migration drive the majority of population growth.In its effort to impose amnesty, Congress is in the midst of gyrations so convoluted that only immigration lawyers and geeky policy wonks who specialize in immigration can decipher. The two key elements, both obscure, are a discharge petition and the so-called Queen-of-the-Hill vote.Without getting too bogged down in the swamp, if the discharge petition gets 25 GOP votes, the minimum necessary assuming all Democrats also sign on, then a vote on four different immigration bills would take place, including the DREAM Act and deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) amnesties. The legislation that gets the most votes over 218 would be sent to the Senate where, because 100 percent Democratic support is certain and enough GOP backing is highly likely, it would pass.Between now and Congress’ weeklong Memorial Day recess, no one can predict what may happen. But that Congress is so totally disconnected from Americans’ resistance to higher immigration is a remarkable and troubling indictment of the political process. U.S. House Republican Jeff Denham, the leading force behind the Queen-of-the-Hill movement, represents Exhibit One which proves how far over the amnesty edge Congress is.A Pulse Opinion Research poll recently taken in Denham’s 10th California District revealed that 50 percent of likely Hispanic voters oppose a DACA amnesty plan that doesn’t include corresponding benefits for Americans. Hispanics comprise about 40 percent of Denham’s district. The poll also showed that 58 percent of Hispanics support mandatory E-Verify and reducing the one million annual legal immigration total.The lesson that Congress willfully refuses to learn is that amnesty begets more amnesties. Since the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, promoted and passed as the last-ever amnesty, the then-three million illegal immigrant population has soared to today’s conservatively estimated 12 million.Nevertheless, Congress’ goal as Memorial Day approaches is amnesty and work authorization for millions, the people’s will be damned.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Convenience food firm Greencore has completed its acquisition of US business Peacock FoodsGreencore, which describes itself as the largest sandwich manufacturer in the world, is to ramp up its US profile after paying $747.5m (£594.3m) for Illinois-based Peacock.The US business operates in categories including frozen breakfast sandwiches, kids’ chilled meal kits and salad kits, and generated revenues of around $1bn (£800m) and adjusted EBITDA of $72.1m (£57.5m) in the year to September 2016.“The acquisition of Peacock will transform our US business, strengthen our position in high-growth categories, broaden our channel and customer exposure, and add significant scale to our operations,” said Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney, when the deal was first announced last November.Peacock operates from seven facilities, which will create a network with five times the footprint of Greencore’s current US operation.“We believe Peacock’s success is built on the same fundamental strategy and values that drive Greencore, making products that consumers love, building deep, longstanding relationships with customers, investing in high-quality manufacturing capacity, food safety capability and people,” added Coveney.The US firm has longstanding relationships with businesses including Tyson Foods, The Kraft Heinz Company and Dole, and Greencore executives have met with customers representing about 70% of Peacock’s revenues.In November, Peacocok Foods CEO Tom Sampson said: “We have been particularly struck by the similarities in the way we run our businesses and our mutual long-term commitment to the US convenience food market. We are excited by the opportunity we now have to leverage Greencore’s expertise in innovation.”Greencore’s new US division, which will include Peacock, will be led by Chris Kirke, while Sampson will become a senior advisor to manage customer transition and integration over the next two years.The acquisition is being financed through a combination of a fully underwritten rights issue offered to qualifying shareholders, to raise £439.4m, and about £200m in debt facilities.